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Ag Today January 30, 2017

California clears hurdle for cancer warning label on Roundup BY SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press FRESNO, CALIF. California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed-killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat despite an insistence from the chemical giant that it poses no risk to people, a judge tentatively ruled Friday. California would be the first state to order such labeling if it carries out the proposal. Monsanto had sued the nation's leading agricultural state, saying California officials illegally based their decision for carrying the warnings on an international health organization based in France. Monsanto attorney Trenton Norris argued in court Friday that the labels would have...

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Ag Today January 27, 2017

Local farmers express disappointment in U.S. withdrawal from TPP By Alysson Aredas Staff Reporter aaredas@turlockjournal.com In his first Monday in office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, a move which left some local growers feeling apprehensive as to what comes next. “In the last several years we’ve had good, strong trade agreements agriculturally speaking with Pacific Rim partners,” said Stanislaus County Farm Bureau Executive Director Wayne Zipser. “We are hoping that the administration comes up with a substitute agreement that would be favorable to agriculture.” Zipser said that California growers have benefitted especially...

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Ag Today January 26, 2017

Tomato canners seek new routes to consumers BY JOHN HOLLAND jholland@modbee.com Shoppers would start to find canned tomatoes in the produce aisle if an idea discussed Wednesday in Modesto catches on. The California Tomato Growers Association, which promotes canned rather than the fresh-market crop, provided an update on its continuing campaign to show that its products are just as good. The group notes that the crop is picked at the peak of ripeness – unlike “fresh” tomatoes that often are harvested while still green – and that the canning process seals in flavor and nutrients. Getting out of the canned-food aisle and into the produce department...

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Ag Today January 25, 2017

Local ag reacts to Trump’s trade policy Danielle A Martin , Visalia Times-Delta When President Donald Trump signed away the Trans-Pacific Partnership, local farmers and agriculture partners watched their hopes of easier trading disappear. In a nutshell, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a multi-country trade treaty which includes 12 countries with a Pacific Ocean border. It allows countries to further economic activity with reduced tariffs making free trade easier. It also allows relationships to develop between the countries. California Farm Bureau Federation President Paul Wenger said the trade deal allowed local growers to reach more customers in Pacific Rim markets. Tricia Stevers executive director of the Tulare County Farm Bureau said...

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Ag Today January 24, 2017

Feds kill wildlife refuge; would have been SJ County's first Posted Jan 23, 2017 at 11:29 AMUpdated Jan 23, 2017 at 6:44 PM By Alex Breitler, Record Staff Writer   Facing strong local opposition, the federal government has essentially killed a plan to give San Joaquin County its first national wildlife refuge. The existing San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge west of Modesto still will expand to the south, as first proposed. But plans to also expand along the river northward into south San Joaquin County have been eliminated. Only several hundred acres of land within San Joaquin County, along the north bank of the Stanislaus River, still are in line for inclusion in the refuge. "There was...

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Ag Today January 23, 2017

Will Trump's Tough Talk On Immigration Cause A Farm Labor Shortage? January 21, 20177:00 AM ET VANESSA RANCANO Farmworkers head home after a day of picking at a large citrus farm near Bakersfield, Calif. Sean Havey/KQED In the Central Valley, there's a bumper sticker you see all over the place. It's shaped like California, and reads "My job depends on Ag." In California, that agriculture depends on immigrant labor. Many farmers in the state supported President Donald Trump despite his hard-line stance on immigration. So as the new Trump administration takes office, what's the thinking of those involved in the region's biggest industry? Just after the workday...

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Ag Today January 20, 2017

Wasted Opportunity? Farmers Frustrated As Water From Recent Rains Released January 20, 2017 7:31 AM By Steve Large   NIMBUS (CBS13) – It’s a powerful picture: All the gates up at the Nimbus Dam, sending stored water gushing downstream. The released water won’t be part of California’s drought solution. “A wasted opportunity,” California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger said. Wenger says with climatologists predicting longer drought periods in Califronia, more reservoirs should be built to store more storm water when we do get it. “We saw all the signs during the drought, ‘pray for rain,’” Wenger said. “Our prayers were answered. Now what are we going to do with it?” California built its...

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Ag Today January 19, 2017

Sheriff introduces ag theft prevention tool Sheyanne Romero5:54 p.m. PT Jan. 18, 2017     Tulare County ranchers and farmers are getting a little help from the sheriff’s department in the form of water. But it’s not what you might think. Sheriff Mike Boudreaux announced Wednesday a new investigative tool being used by the department’s Agricultural Crimes Unit, SmartWater CSI. Once sprayed on ag equipment, the liquid which is invisible, odorless, stays on a thief for up to five years without them noticing and is picked up using an ultra-violet light. The sheriff’s department is the first agency in the western United States to take advantage of the...

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Ag Today January 18, 2017

Valley farmers aim to provide bees with appetizers, dessert to go with main meal BY JOHN HOLLAND jholland@modbee.com About a month from now, billions of bees will get to work pollinating nearly 1 million acres of California almonds. On a small part of that acreage, growers are providing other flowers for the bees to dine on before and after the almond bloom. They hope to strengthen the insects against disease and other challenges that have reduced their numbers in recent years. An orchard east of Livingston provided a glimpse Tuesday of how it works – in this case with yellow mustard and daikon radish sown...

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Ag Today January 17, 2017

EPA's bee decisions are sweet for growers, but they sting environmentalists Geoffrey MohanContact Reporter     The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency backed away from tough restrictions on how pesticides can be used while honeybees are pollinating crops, and it declared that three of the pesticides most closely associated with bee deaths are safe in most applications. The assessments, released late Thursday, conclude that clothianidin, thiamethoxam and dinotefuran can kill bees and their larvae individually, but that in “most approved uses” they “do not pose significant risks to bee colonies” at the exposure levels expected to be found on fields. Those conclusions are likely to allow growers to keep using...

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